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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Changes to state testing place Move on When Reading on hold

    Arizona state law mandates that a third grade student who obtains a score on the third grade reading state assessment demonstrating that he or she is reading far below third grade level, will not be promoted to fourth grade.

    This year AzMERIT will be given for the first time in spring 2015. As with the first administration of any statewide assessment, it will take much longer for schools to receive student scores. Therefore, we will not have student scores on AzMERIT in time to determine if a student should be retained.

    To learn more, read here.


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  • Our School needs your help in the "Bag the Bench" contest
     
    Recycle plastic bags, save the environment. Win a Bench, it’s that easy.

    Fact: Plastic bags are not allowed in blue barrels because they get caught in recycling machinery and there are limited options for recycling them. Our school is competing with other elementary schools in different municipalities to collect the most plastic bags and win a bench.

    The collection drive will run from February 2 – March 6, 2015. Please send your bags to school with your child or bring them to the front office. Thank you for participating! The rules are as follows:

    • The following types of SOFT plastics will be accepted:
    Grocery bags/ dry cleaning bags / bread bags/department store bags/ shrink wrap
    • All bags should be free of liquid or food residue.
    • NO RECEIPTS should be left in the bags. They contaminate the batch!
    • Obvious looting of merchants for harvesting of bags will not be accepted and may result in the disqualification of your school. The only bags submitted should be bags that were actually used.
    • All soft plastics should be wadded up tightly – golf ball size. The bags can also be tied into knots to a golf ball size.


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  • Calling all future kindergartners!

    All Higley K-6 schools will be accepting registration during Kindergarten Round up 6 p.m. Feb. 19. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to hear about the kindergarten learning standards.

    Please be sure to bring the following documents for registration: Child’s Birth Certificate, Child’s Immunization Record, Proof of Residency (contract on your house, rental or lease agreement, electric bill, etc.), Driver’s License, Completed enrollment packet.
     
    Who qualifies for kindergarten?
    If your child will be 5 by Aug. 31, 2015, he or she qualifies for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child will be 5 between Sept. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, you may consider having your child tested to see if he/she qualifies for early entrance kindergarten. Information on early entrance can also be found here.


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  • Information online about new state assessment - AZMERIT
     
    In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide language arts and math achievement test, AzMERIT, to assess Arizona students. The assessment will be administered this spring in grades 3 through high school. Students in grades 4, 8 and high school will still take the AIMS Science Test. Students scheduled to graduate prior to December 31, 2016 will still be required to pass the AIMS test in Reading, Writing, and Math if they have not previously passed the exam.
     
    The Arizona Department of Education has posted information about the test for all stakeholders.
     
    Higley’s Research and Assessment team has created a section with all the information pertinent to parents. It can be found here.

    You may view the entire ADE website about AzMERIT.
     
    Students will be taking the test between March 30 and May 8.  Each school will provide further communication to families as test schedules are finalized. For Higley students, this will be a completely computer-based assessment.


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  • Attention future Sossaman Middle School 7th graders
     
    It is already time to prepare for next school year. Current sixth-grade students will be bussed to Sossaman Middle School this month to review registration procedures and participate in a scavenger hunt as they explore the campus, meet the principal and learn about classes.
     
    Jan. 20: Centennial and San Tan Elementary students
    Jan. 22: Cortina and Power Ranch Elementary students
     
    Parents of these future Spartans can also attend an important meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Sossaman Middle School, 18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek.
     
    Click here for more information.


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  • Open Enrollment
     
    Open enrollment registration for all of our campuses for the 2015-16 school year begins Dec. 1, with priority given to applications received by Feb. 1. Click here to find the Open Enrollment Application.
     
    Applications may be turned in at the campus you wish your child to attend.
     
    District boundary maps for elementary, middle school and high school are located here. Please complete the application form and return to the school during business hours.

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  • 2015-16 Calendar Reminder

    Beginning next school year, the district is moving to a modified year-round school calendar. Classes begin July 27, 2015, with a two-week fall break, two-week winter break and two-week spring break. The last day of classes is May 26, 2016, and the last day for teachers is May 27, 2016. Click here for more information. 


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  • Support Centennial and receive up to $400 AZ Tax Credit
     
    The state of Arizona allows you to receive a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 if married and filing jointly) when you make an ECA tax credit donation to our school. We will use your tax dollar donation to help fund extra curricular activities and opportunities for our students to extend their learning beyond the regular school day and you will get a dollar-for-dollar credit towards your tax return. Before and after school tutoring, school clubs and field trip experiences are just a few of the enrichment programs that are made possible when ECA funds are donated to our school.  Please name Centennial Elementary School as the recipient of your donation so that we may provide quality enrichment programs like these for our learners. We appreciate your support and are dedicated to spending your tax dollars responsibly.
     
    We THANK YOU for your tax credit donations.
     
    Click here to donate  
    If you wish to mail your payment, please click here for more information. 
     
    Interested in more information about ECA tax credits?
     


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  • Release of student reminder
     
    Students who leave campus for any reason – doctors’ visits, illness, etc., - must be authorized to do so by a parent or guardian. This can be done by a parent/guardian signature in person at the school office or by verbal approval to school office personnel.  When the student does leave campus with verbal approval to do so, he/she must sign the student release page at the front office.
    The attendance clerk or other office staff member will validate the request as deemed appropriate. Thank you for your cooperation.


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  • Higley Schools All Earn A Ratings from Arizona Department of Education

    Centennial Elementary Ranked No. 1 K-6 district school in Arizona

    The Arizona Department of Education recently released school performance rankings based on spring 2014 AIMS scores. We are proud to announce that all elementary, middle and high schools in the Higley Unified School District earned “A” ratings and Centennial Elementary School received the highest number of points among all K-6 district schools in the state.
     
    For the last four years, the Arizona Department of Education has rated school performances with letter grades based on academic growth and student achievement. This is the fourth year in a row that the Higley Unified School District has earned an “A” grade. Higley Unified School District was the top point earner for large, public school districts in Arizona this year. In fact, five of our eight elementary schools are in the Top 10 percent of all K-6 schools in Arizona.
     
    “We are elated to share our ‘A’ grades with Higley families, the Towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek and the entire Valley,” said Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell. “It is a testament to the work of our teachers, staff, students and families. Finding out Higley is the top, large school district in the state brings recognition to the hard work of the entire Higley schools community. From students and their parents to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom aides and school principals, we wish to thank everyone for their efforts that contribute to making Higley the best district in the Valley.”
     
    "Centennial Elementary ranked the best public school in Gilbert by the East Valley Tribune and now hearing we are ranked the No. 1 K-6 school in the State of Arizona are outstanding accomplishments for our students and staff. We are honored with this announcement and will continue to strive toward being student focused, accountable and passionate in what we do," Centennial Principal Debbie Ybarra said.
     
    Congratulations to all of the Centennial Cardinals - students, families, teachers and staff.
     
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  • Shop at San Tan Village to benefit Centennial

    Centennial Elementary was selected to participate in San Tan Village’s School Cents program this upcoming school year. Beginning Aug. 15, shoppers can show their original shopping and dining receipts to staff at San Tan Village Guest Services, located in the Management Office above Yankee Candle. Schools earn points for every dollar spent, as well as bonus points for participating in shopping center events. The schools with the most points when the program ends April 15, 2015, will be awarded gift cards.

    Receipts can also be dropped off in receipt boxes at the shopping center.

    School Cents Fundraising
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  • Parentvue
     
    Parents can see student grades and attendance records through a system called “ParentVue.” Teachers post assignments and grades, along with daily attendance, on the system that can then be viewed by parents through a home computer or cell phone. Teachers post links to ParentVue (sometimes referred to as "Online grades") through their teacher webpages. You can also reach ParentVue through this link.

    To use ParentVue, parents need a personal code created by their student’s school. Please visit your school office for more information.


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Centennial School is a community school in Higley Unified School District serving neighborhood kindergarten through sixth grade students. Our learning environment provides each and every child the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and develop a life-long quest for learning and knowledge.

In addition to our outstanding staff and students throughout the grade levels, we also are home to the District's Self-Contained Gifted Program for grades third through sixth grade and our District Case and Able programs grades kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Our state-of-the-art school opened in August 2009 to almost seven hundred students. This year 2013 we will be opening our doors to over 800 plus students. 
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